Richard and Nick have both undergone postgraduate training in treating anxious and phobic patients.
We will always listen and explain all procedures and take our time in trying to alleviate your fears.
For some patients just making the first appointment can be difficult. We understand this and ask that you let our receptionist know, so we can endeavor to avoid keeping you waiting too long and our dentists can give you our very best service knowing your specific concerns.
The Answer – Don’t Be Shy To Discuss This With Us
The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss these fears with us. At RF Dental Care we pride ourselves on listening to our patients. Once we know what your fears are, we will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.
What Our Patients Say
“We are very pleased with this practice. The staff are very approachable and there is always a nice atmosphere, which helps ease the anxiety”.
Mrs. K. – Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
You Are Not Alone
If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. Approximately 20% of the population avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. There are many reasons why some people fear going to the dentist. Some of the common reasons include:
Fear of Pain
This is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually stems from an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful or from dental “horror” stories told by others. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry made over the years, most of today’s dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free.
Fear of Injections or Fear The Injection Not Working
Many people are terrified of needles, especially when inserted into their mouth. Beyond this fear, others fear that the anaesthetic hasn’t yet taken effect or wasn’t a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins. Others don’t like the numbness or “fat lip” associated with local anesthetics.
Feelings of Helplessness and Loss of Control
It is common for people to feel these emotions considering the situation; sitting in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, unable to see what’s going on.
Embarrassment and Loss of Personal Space
Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odours.